Originally Posted by Spyder
The other problem is that the rider's position can never be addressed until the horse they are riding is going correctly. Otherwise their position will always be compromised and I firmly believe that you allow a horse to continue is the wrong position, you are effectively training it to go in the wrong position.
Spyder, I have to say I am baffled by your responses on this thread. Your initial one line response seemed to have no more motivation than to blow the OP out of the water after what she described as a successful start with her new trainer. Couldn't that comment have been more constructive?
In response to your "hollow" comment, you more than anyone knows that a horse cannot build the muscles necessary to carry itself properly overnight and you expect it to take place on the first lesson after a long layoff? Again, I'm lost.
With your above comment, doesn't the rider's position need to be effective before the horse can carry itself properly? I was always taught that the horse is a mirror image of our position. If the riders is impeding the horse's movement, how in the world is it supposed to move properly? How many of us have had problems while riding our horses that were magically solved once our instructor hopped on and corrected the problem instantly since they had better position awareness? Looks like the OP has chosen to work on the rider's position and is planning on addressing the horse next.
Yes, perhaps jumping after a long layoff might not make much sense, but this was her first lesson with him. Maybe he wanted to see what he was working with so he could devise a plan moving forward?
OP, looks like a good start. I'm glad you clicked well with your new instructor. That's always a good thing!